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Band of The Day #543 - BRNS


Hot off touring with the likes of Cloud Nothings, Yeasayer and SUUNS and hailing from the medieval and postmodern corners of Brussels come BRNS, a mesmerizing experiment in dusk, dance, and the fullness of sound. This quartet of talented multi-instrumentalists weave together tunes that are mystical, moody and insatiably catchy.

From the visceral and danceable ‘Mexico’, to the pulsating anthem of ‘Here Dead He Lies’, BRNS is ceaseless in their ability to unfold haunting ambience into chest-pounding beats, and then back again. Listen to their ‘Wounded’ EP here and you’ll see what we mean. Their full length record ‘Patine’ is due out in August this year and if you consider yourself a fan of anything from Animal Collective to Fugazi, then come and see them at this year’s Great Escape, you may well find your new favourite band…

Band of the Day #542 - Taymir


Hailing from The Netherlands, four piece band, Taymir are making catchy indie pop in the traditional beats of the 60s, but with the balls of the Arctic Monkeys and the venom of The Strokes.

Their members may only be between the ages of 16 and 23, but do not be fooled, these boys are making music with the talent that would place them well beyond their years. Their music is both heavy and tame enough to help you feel fulfilled in any mood. Last year they boys released their debut album ‘Phosphene’ with a sold out release show, which catapulted them right into the eye of fans and media being labelled ‘The most promising band for 2014’.

Band of the Day #541 - The Amazing Snakeheads


This Glasgow trio’s brutalist rock’n’roll teeters on a knife-edge between palpable menace and outright violence. They are breathlessly exciting and are said to be the band that are truly bringing back good old rock’n’roll, with all of its thunder and spine chills.

The Amazing Snakeheads take the familiar sounds of blues-punk and heavy rock and shape them into something that sounds fresh and new. Frontman, Dale Barclay is both captivating and almost hypnotic and combined with the rest of the band they make for a completely unforgettable live experience that we cannot wait to be a part of.

Band Of The Day #538 – The Crooked Brothers


Is there anything more Canadian than spending the cold Manitoba winters in a warm cabin log writing albums and then playing folk festivals from coast to coast in the summer? We don’t think there is – The Crooked Brothers do exactly that.
The trio craft not-so-ordinary folk music with their guitars, mandolins, dobros and banjos, but most importantly with their voices. They blend together effortlessly, creating beautiful tight harmonies complementing their natural instrumentation. It’s ‘music full of hips and hearts’ honouring the lows in life just as much as the highs.
We recommend you get your hands on their new Postcard EP, which is a limited series of postcards featuring artwork by The Crooked Brothers and friends.

Band of the Day #537 - Rebeka


Polish electro duo, Rebeka are the experimental pop phenomenon made up of the beautiful singer, Iwona Skwarek and talented producer, Bartosz Szczesny. The pair cook up a treat of organic disco, Chinese techno and vintage keyboards. They’ve been creating their buzz on the grapevine since way before their first official release, Roksana in 2011, so it’s no surprise that they’re reached the standard they’re at now.

Rebeka’s live performances are perfectly raw and minimal. The simplicity of the Casio mixed with the fully-fledged synthesisers is what gives their music the extra edge that it embodies and those carefully planned arrangements their melodic richness. Catch them at TGE14, our full schedule has been released today so find out full details HERE.

Band Of The Day #536 - Say Lou Lou


Say Lou Lou are the twin sister dream pop duo hailing from both Australia and Sweden who ooze retro elegance in their awesome shimmery pop music. Looks-wise, they have a beautiful Abba-esque look about them, minus the bearded men, but their music has a far deeper and on-trend quality of pop quality to it.

These sibling beauties recently made the BBC Sound of 2014 longlist and are now working on their long anticipated debut album which will be released later this year. Their next single ‘Everything We Touch’ is out in May and available for free download from their website.

As if all of that wasn’t enough, we here at The Great Escape are proud to have Say Lou Lou on the bill as support for Kelis and Ella Eyre's Dome show on Saturday of The Great Escape festival 2014. Tickets are almost sold out so if you want to see this stunning line up, get your tickets quick from HERE.
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Band of the Day #535 - TarO&JirO

TarO&JirO are the amazing and original funk-rock duo from Tokyo. These lovely boys are making music like nothing we’ve heard before. With their harmonies of perfection and guitar riffs of precise genius, you’ll find yourself in a weird combination of both body and mind fatigue, firstly from the dancing, but then from the confusion over how two men can make such an intense and powerful sound.

Since moving from their homeland to London, the brothers have completely perfected their skills to the most insane of levels. The door really opened for them in 2011 when they took their music over to France, where they won a prestigious music competition which led them to share stages with the likes of guitar legends Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Steve Morse and Scorpians, to name a few. The brothers will be playing live at The Great Escape next month.

Band of The Day #534 - Rosie Lowe


After appearing on Lil Silva’s ‘No Doubt’, Devon-born vocalist Rosie Lowe deservedly stepped into the spotlight with her very own mind blowing EP, ‘Right Thing’. Working with producers Kwes and Dave Okumu (The Innvisible), the release automatically grabbed the attention of tastemakers and received rave reviews, with The Sunday Times hailing it “one of the most arresting debuts of the year”.

Think Banks or FKA Twigs and you’re on the right tracks. Rosie Lowe is another jewel who pushes the boundaries of electro pop and experimental soulful R&B. And it seems word is getting around about the new chick on the block, her most recent video for ‘Games' has notched up over 106,000 hits on YouTube.

After a stunning sold-out show at Oslo in Hackney, Rosie Lowe will playing at The Great Escape, don’t miss her.

Band of the Day #530 - Jenn Grant

Her remarkable talent for fusing pop and folk in a beautiful mix of musically blossoming compositions, but managing to maintain the intimacy portrayed within her lyrics is simply one of a kind.

Songstress Jenn Grant has been an important fixture around the Canadian folk-pop scene since her much acclaimed debut album “Orchestra for the Moon” was released in 2007.

Almost 10 years later and 3 further albums down the line Jenn has so far received several ECMA nominations and won the East Coast Music Award for Pop Recording of the Year 2012 with her latest record “The Beautiful Wild”; she was also longlisted for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize and a Juno Award in 2012.

She is now ready to embark on a new adventure with her forthcoming EP “Clairvoyant” due for release this spring. Jenn will be making the trip from Canada to perform at this year’s Great Escape.

Band of The Day #529 – Charlie Cunningham
It’s no easy task to charm a room with just the aid of an acoustic guitar, but one man is proving that he has the skills to do just that. Oxford resident Charlie Cunningham took himself off to Seville to learn guitar and returned with a truly captivating talent. His Spanish-influenced, rhythmic style, means Charlie creates a sound that seems beyond the capability of one lone man.

His beautifully fragile melodies are deeply alluring and convey a bittersweet sense of optimism. Charlie recently supported Racing Glaciers at Oxford’s O2 Academy and with only a few tracks that have emerged online he is already making waves in high circles. He’s featured on Zane Lowe’s Next Hype list and has become one of BBC Radio 1’s Bloggers’ Choice for 2014. Make sure you catch his set at The Great Escape 2014.

Band Of The Day #528 - Champs

Folk-pop Isle of Wight brothers, Champs, whose melancholic, melodic sounds take inspiration from their hometown and seaside retreat of Ventnor, are fast becoming a name to be reckoned with. Their track ‘St Peters’ has been re-released to huge critical acclaim and the boys are breaking hearts nationwide with their delicate vocals.

2014 is a busy year for the brothers; their new single ‘Savannah’ was released in February and is taken from their forthcoming album ‘Down Like Gold’. They are also set to be supporting The Jezabels in 2015 and will be playing for us down in sunny Brighton, if you haven’t yet caught their live show, we highly recommend you get along to see them at TGE14.

Band of the day #527 - Baby Strange


This trio hailing from Glasgow might just be one of the bands reanimating everyone’s love for British guitar music. Baby Strange have received praises by Radio 1, NME, The Guardian, Killing Moon, Music Week and Isthismusic over the past year and all of that simply with the release of their debut tune ‘Get By Me’. Alongside all of this the band have played several sold out shows and have supported no other than The Vaccines and Palma Violets. 2014 marks a new and exciting era for the dirty indie/punk trio. They have already played the BBC Introducing Showcase at London’s Koko and were featured in Radio 1’s Big Weekend Launch.

But perhaps more excitingly that all the above, is that Baby Strange are set to play at our 2014 Pre-Party at Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen on Thursday 10th April. To find out more and grab your tickets, click HERE.

Band Of The Day #524 - French For Rabbits

Hailing from Wellington, New Zealand, Brooke and John make up the haunting dream-folk duo French for Rabbits. Since releasing their debut EP, Claimed by the Sea in March 2012, the band have acquired a dedicated global fan-base.

The duo’s combination of reverberating instrumentation and quaint vocals put them on the list of New Zealand’s finest exports. They are currently working on their debut album which is due for release in the first half of this year.

Band Of The Day #523 - As Animals

Parisian duo As Animals are total addicts to creating music – it never stops. Both are working on the music and one visionary is writing the lyrics. They are inspired by anything that surrounds and moves them.

As Animals have already showcased their dreamy alternative pop-rock already at one of The Great Escape Presents shows, marking their first ever UK show. Fear not if you have missed out it won’t be too long until the duo visit UK shores again in May, for now though check out their self-titled debut album “As Animals”.

Band Of The Day #522 - Lyla Foy


You may have already heard of Lyla Foy through her previous moniker, WALL. The eagle-eyed among you will have also noticed that the London-based singer and producer played for The Great Escape last year under the former name.

Her sentimental pop music encompasses melancholic and nostalgic beauty and is said by many to be a perfect soundtrack to any winter chill. Lyla’s beautiful full-length debut, ‘Mirrors The Sky’ is out now and and is a sublimely gentle record that can bubble away even the most stressful of days. We recommend you give it a spin.

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